MJ AND STUFF La Prairie Made Up Monday

I hereby declare that I have now become one with individuals who start their (perhaps our) sentences with “people our age”. Very unaffected, I say this proudly because I never run out of reasons to throw some knowledge on some of the best products partly responsible for people gushing  in disbelieve of my actual age. Right now, I am all about La Prairie’s Anti-Aging Response Booster.

The booster is designed to work from within to build up the skin’s surface layer and create a smooth, line-free appearance in just two weeks. I am a little obsessed here. Because it is NEVER too early to start fixing stuff up – a little lesson I have learnt from my dermatologist lady. The beauty of the product is that it is formulated for men and women of all ages.

One definitely needs to find a solid way to keep one’s aunts out of one’s bathroom cabinets.  #Just Saying

One definitely needs to find a solid way to keep one’s aunts out of one’s bathroom cabinets. #Just Saying

La Prairie’s commitment to pushing the envelope to find the rarest, most beneficial ingredients is evident in the serum’s list of ingredients that includes plankton extract harvested in Brittany, France; silver vine extract from East Asia; and doses of ginger and liquorice. The result is a light-weight, silky smooth, low-viscosity gel serum

The other best part about La Prairie’s Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is that the serum has been formulated to use everyday as part of skincare routine.

I am for it, and so is my skin.



Sorbet Daily Skin Polish MJA ND STUFF

This here doubles as my #MadeUpModay pick and an everyday #IOT. I came to discover Sorbet’s awesome Daily Skin Polish Powder last November at the brand’s skin show and I have had by far, the most sensational of relationships with it.

Contrary to popular belief, I hardly ever do much for my skin these days (devastatingly detrimental) except maybe an odd oxygen facial when I have the time, and the three step regime when my day happens to wrap like normal people and the ever so trusted invention of tinted moisturiser has come in very handy for the need to camouflage the great hassle caused by blemishes.  Sorbet’s Daily Skin Polish Powder has become my absolute favourite and from using it every single day, my friends (and everyone who dares to give me time of day) get to understand why it is very high in my recommendation list.

I could go on and on about the brilliant benefits of this amazing product, but the less usage of filters with each Instagram post is a worthy testimony, I think.  –which makes me think; do we have sensibly regulated awards for these things!?! Sorbet’s Daily Skin Polish Powder would wallop the whole lot. True Story!


SAMSUNG CSCSHE WON!!! That was my gleeful expression followed by a premature wolf whistle, slash short-lived-ululating, when former Miss SA –Melinda Bam, announced the crowning of Odirile Sepeng as Miss Veet 2015. I am not one to claim that I called it, but… -Y’all know I did. And I caught five with her, right after the crowning. Naturally!

Odirile Sepeng Miss Veet 2015 MJ AND STUFF

MJ: Congratulations and all the cool things. You’ve got to tell me how it feels and stuff.

Odirile Sepeng: it is so surreal; I am kind of looking forward to all of this to sink in. As much as this was the goal, it is all so dreamlike right now.

MJ: I can only imagine… tell me, what does any of this, mean to you? I mean, considering that you are a law student who has just bagged the coveted Miss Veet 2015 title?

OS:  Oh, it all gels in, really. I mean, I know now more than ever that determination and motivation can transcend adversity. I came into this competition to learn and absorb as much as I could, in order to be a better version of myself, whether in a professional or personal capacity. Not only have I marked those off my “check-list” I now get to represent one of the most beautiful of brands. It’s all very humbling.


MJ: What went into prepping for all this? You appeared pretty chilled throughout.

OS: In my head, the mere thought of having made it through our (the finalists) challenges, rendered me triumphant. Just as I thought nothing could possibly trump the other, the next level proved to be even more awesome. There is just no way could I claim to have done all the prep work all by myself, I only had to arm myself with an open mind and all the enthusiasm as I could master.

MJ: let’s reel in the younger version of you. Could she have prepped for this any differently?

OS: Oh, I doubt that very much. That will of course depend on how far back we are talking here. As a young woman, I barely have my head wrapped around the concept of adulthood and all its trials. Thankfully, with this title comes the great benefit of having all my mentors at my disposal, so I will take full advantage of that. The younger me would not even have thought of this as a prospect, I also hope to avail myself to young girls and perhaps help propel their varied goals.


MJ:  Lastly; what comes hereafter?

OS: The world is definitely my oyster and I am already bouncing around a couple of ideas to make the best of this reign. I would love to claim that the best is yet to come, but speaking as a person who just got crowned less than a hour ago, I am thrilled for whatever feeling comes after this.


The rarity of Odirile’s brand does not come unnoticed. Talk about quintessential beauty with a brain and enthusiasm to match. This here will be a beautiful reign. I am just super excited to see her grow beyond measure.



Africology Grow Your Mo Campaign MJ AND STUFF

There is so much certainty to the concept of living and learning. Not that the theory has ever came doubted by me, if anything, it is my testament. Exhibit A:  I have just gone through most part of this month dedicated to observing people’s responses whenever anyone mentions their proud involvement with the #Movember drive to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer pandemics. From this, I have learnt a couple of things; one: a totally rad way to exterminate possible awkward moments with anyone, anywhere in the world right now. Two: the fact that participation seems to widen with every annual campaign is awe-inspiring beyond imaginable and can only suggest a piqued interest in nearing relief. With all the growing moustaches all over the place, it makes absolute sense that one looks into the right grooming products from Africology –a leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa and skincare company.i mean, we can’t just be carelessly growing ‘taches here. My pick is none-other than Africology Skin Hydrating oil which contains natural plant extracts chosen for their ability to soften, hydrate and even repair.

 Africology Skin Hydrating Oil_30ml MJ AND STUFF

I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and there is just something about the ideal unification ingredients like Chamomile, South African geranium, Rosehip, Jojoba, Jasmine, Neroli, Lime, Marula, Aloe, Grapeseed and Frankincense that just does a whole of good for one’s facial hair.

In this spirit of excitement, I am feeling a tad generous and would like to gift one of you, dearest awesome readers with (30ml) Skin Hydrating oil from Africology valued at R254.00. All you have to do is share your mo with me via the facebook page over HERE, drop me a cool pic and who knows, you may be walking away with the rad product.


Good luck and #WERQ


When purchasing the Skin Hydrating oil, Africology will donate a portion of the sales made to the Movember foundation.



I feel that before I go further into this week’s #MadeUpMonday post, even with the obviousness of the headline; I should share yet another little known #FACT about me; I am a self-declared leg man. Ask no questions. Hear no lies. Do try to not get deep about it, for I am at peace with this actuality. I dare unearth this info known only to my close circle because in-case you have missed it; the well renowned search for the coming year’s Miss Veet is currently underway. The wide invitation for lady-people keen to affiliate with the top quality hair removal brand began on the 10th of last month and will be wrapping up on the coming Wednesday (22/10/14), so there are still a few hours to enter.

Here is how:  first, do head on to the official site over HERE and make sure to have an appealing full length image of yourself plus a head shot in addition to entering your personal information. It is essential that suitable entrants should at least be between the ages of 18 and 25 and must team their matchless confidence in being a Veet Ambassador with captivating grace, an ability to inspire other young women with their natural beauty, plus a sociable appeal.

There are many-many reasons to zealously partake in this contest and these here below are just a few to add on the awesomeness.

  • The top 10 girls from around the country will be flown to the luxurious Veet Vila where they will spend a few days under thorough guidance from the Veet ambassadors, successful fashion and beauty experts and celebrity guests.
  • They will all get to enjoy mentoring sessions followed by a few gruelling yet fun challenges designed to help them demonstrate their individuality.
  • Don’t get me started about the prizes.  Follow the facebook page over HERE for more info.


Truefitt&Hill Victorian Bathroom MJ AND STUFF

A little unknown fact about me is that I am extremely sensitive when it comes to scents. So sensitive, that a whiff of anything objectionable sets my entire system in a riot of nerve-interweaves, yet somehow I have not gone easy on the concept of constantly searching for a signature fragrance. The thing is, I am my father’s son and the daddy-dude had such a brawny scent ID it bluntly lingered a little while after an encounter with him. I have probably dedicated most if not all of my life thus far to adopting a scent as form of extending my personal presence. So, since this spring season kick-started with activities which require for one to dial up the confidence factor, I am looking to experiment with the Trafalgar range from TRUEFITT & HILL products exclusively available at Victorian Bathroom outlets. My understanding of the TRUEFITT & HILL brand is that in addition to being famed as England’s grooming aristocracy; it carries a lineage dating back through two centuries and a following which includes some of the great men in history. Talk about perfect timing -in season and in age- to get familiar with the classics. I will be trying out the cologne, shaving cream and bath/ shower gel. Do keep up with #Truefitt&Hill hashtag and lookout for the detailed review in a couple of weeks.


Outside the Dermalogica Store in Rosebank MJ AND STUFF

Today is all about sending a #ShoutOut to the still fresh Dermalogica concept store right inside the recently refurbished Mall of Rosebank. Open for a few weeks now, the retail space also functions as an overall Skin Care Centre which in simple terms means that upon setting an appointment to consult with an expert therapist, one can be guaranteed thorough and tailor-made on-the-spot solutions to better comprehend individualistic skincare needs. Some of my friends have been recommending Dermalogica products for quite a while now and even though I have probably said many-a-time that I will look into it, well, I never really quite got to it for reasons unknown to mankind. However, the convenience of the central spot coupled with the awe-inspiring Face Mapping® with a microzone® treatment has me bubbling with all shades of enthusiasm. And from what I gather, following an expert analysis of my skin, a 20 minute zone-specific treatment will be designed to target part of my face in dire need of attention. I am beyond keen to try it out. I’m going in y’all.

MJ AND STUFF Dermalogica Store Opening

Dermalogica Store in Rosebank MJ AND STUFF

Outside the Dermalogica Store in Rosebank MJ AND STUFF


Lorde's make-up designed by Mac Make-up Artist Amber D

Something really gorgeous here looms. The dearly gifted fresh kid on the music block; Lorde has recently agreed on a connection that could potentially hint hype as great as her bigger-than-big debut album. This undeniable Pure Heroine has been named as the next artiste to collaborate with MAC for a limited edition product range.

“I was really excited to work with them [MAC] on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night…” The collection will only be available here in SA in the coming winter and since Lorde is a noble of the dark lip, I think we could forward to some delightfully eye-catching stuff throughout the cooler months. You may or may not know that Amber D –MAC’s Senior Artist has a longstanding relationship as Lorde’s make-up artist and she has designed the singer’s looks for her current US tour (see the pic below) as well as the famed 2014 Grammy Awards and Brit Awards.

Lorde's MAC make-up face chart. MJ AND STUFF

I am crazy excited to see the whole collection when it launches and y’all know I blog about it…x


Bacardi Cocktail Kit

I feel like adding a formal-ish state-of-the-nation style of a sound bite here and let y’all know that I am worthwhilelingly (totally made that one up) interrupting my traditional #MadeUpMonday posts to offer you one of the raddest giveaways yet. You, dearest reader of my modest blog, deserve a chance to chill-out and assemble cocktail hour stuff, wherever you are, whatever the time. You could win your very own BACARDÍ home cocktail kit plus a desirable Cocktail 101 session with Kevin Snyman and he will show you how to make classic drinks with a unique twist. Kevin is a deserving portfolio ambassador for BACARDÍ South Africa’s portfolio and an award winning bartender. To win, all you have to do is follow @TheBacardiBat on the Twitter streets and answer this question: Who is your ultimate must-have guest at house parties. Simply hashtag #CASABACARDÍ and Tweet @TheBacardiBat, me @Mahlatsej and @(your ideal guest) to enter for this amazing experience.


That’s not all. There is also a chance to win a luxury villa getaway or a BACARDÍ Groova house party for you and a VIP list of 20 friends. Simply purchase a 750 ml BACARDÍ Superior or Gold, or order a double Bacardi and Coke® at participating venues to enter. More details HERE

Good luck and #WERQ


Rihanna for MAC Viva Glam MJ AND STUFF

It seems like Rihanna’s 2014 is starting off on a major note -if her flirt with fashion and beauty is anything to go by. The songstress’ slash all rounding media darling is the newest brand to be associated with MAC Cosmetics’ legendary Viva Glam campaign. Riri’s participation follows in the footsteps of celebrity superstars such as RuPaul, k.d. Lang, Lil’ Kim, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Manson, Linda Evangelista, Boy George, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pamela Anderson, Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Harry, Eve, Dita Von Teese, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj who have each starred in the limited edition campaigns over the past 20 years. The snaps were photographed by the renowned photography duo; Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

The Viva Glam Lipstick and LipGlass will be available here in SA on the 6th of February and every purchase will benefit the beauty house’s philanthropic venture; MAC AIDS Fund which aims to improves lives of people directly affected by the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.

The Viva Glam Lipstick and LipGlass will be available here in SA on the 6th of February and every purchase will benefit the beauty house’s philanthropic venture; MAC AIDS Fund which aims to improves lives of people directly affected by the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.

Some super awesome facts about what one VIVA GLAM can do:

  • Purchase 254 condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV
  • Provides client and nutrition services for 13 people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide fresh fruit, vegetables, and grocery essentials to a mother and child affected by HIV for a full week.
  • Purchase 200 new syringes, which are given to injection drug users in exchange for used needles to prevent HIV transmission
  • Purchase 151 safer injection kits (cooker, cotton, tourniquet)
  • Provide 32 Safer Sex Kits which include condoms, lubricant and instructions
  • Provide a clean, safe place to sleep for two nights for one resident living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide 45 minutes of lifesaving HIV prevention skills to a group of 75 women and girls
  • Buy 10 individually tailored, nutritious meals for a person affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Purchase one rapid oral HIV test
  • Provide crisis counseling to a person living with AIDS who is also struggling with drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness
  • Provide a new job interview shirt and tie for one resident at an HIV/AIDS housing organization
  • Provide 30 minutes of training for 20 medical providers on integrating HIV prevention and reproductive health
  • Provide a move-in kit for a client moving into new housing, including cleaning materials, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishes for one person, lightbulbs, etc.
  • Buy 24 female condoms to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy
  • Buy a pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • Test 14 pregnant mothers for HIV
  • Provide medicine for 5 newborn babies to prevent transmission of HIV from their mothers


MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Campaign MJ AND STUFF